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Brooder heater pad

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Ogdenfarms22, Feb 12, 2017.

  1. Ogdenfarms22

    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I picked up 4 chicks today, I decided to try a brooder pad instead of light and they seem to love it! Its a hard plastic so they just lay right on top of it. I'm really glad I heard of these, my electric bill will definitely thank me.
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Good the pad is working. Most people do not understand----you do not Need to use a 250watt red heat lamp that sucks lots of power---I have brooded 1000's and have never used a 250 watt red heat lamp-----for 4 chicks I would probably use a 25 to 40 watt bulb probably about the same wattage as the brooder pad.
     
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  3. Ogdenfarms22

    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I believe its a 40 watt pad. Its nice that they get a break from the light too! My other chicks I just moved to the coop kinda freaked out the first night when it went dark. So I'm hoping using this will transition them to night and days a little smoother.
     
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  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Can you post of pic of how you have it setup ...and a link to the product you are using??
     
  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Just thinking---Wouldn't it get ALOT of poop on it if they are laying on it. Sounds like a lot of cleaning.
     
  6. Ogdenfarms22

    Ogdenfarms22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kinda hard to see but the pad is the black thing. The hay on the side and the back of the brooder along with the food and water. When they are warm they hang out in the hay when they are cold they all lay huddled on the pad.
    Heres a link to the particular one I'm using.
    http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/farm-innovators-heated-chicken-mat


    There is the option to mount it but due to my brooder being my dog crate I really didnt want holes in it. It surprisingly cleans pretty easy!
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Thanks.
    Are both sides cleanable?
    Have you thought about putting it up on leg something like this:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pseudo-brooder-heater-plate
    so the heat's above them?
     
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  8. Rwood5093

    Rwood5093 Out Of The Brooder

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    I did something similar for my chick's, except I made them a cave to sleep under too. I kept them inside, but only for a few rainy days and then moved them outside. Once outside, they were fine, with nights as low as 30. we were getting an extended cold snap, and they were getting too big to cram on the pad, so I modified it again. I put them in the big coop, but moved the heating pad to the roof of the cave like a MHP. Then I covered that with rigid foam, and a piece of Fleece (in lieu of straw) in the hopes it would keep the cave warm and dark. So far, it's worked great for 3 1/2 weeks.
     
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